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Soul Food

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Step Five is where we begin to learn how to love ourselves. Most of us know something is wrong in the way we’re living, but we have no idea how to address it. When we allow ourselves to get vulnerable with another human being in Step Five, we open a door that creates greater understanding of our personality and character—the good and the not-so-good.

In Step Five, pain, guilt, anger, fear, doubt, and pride—emotions that had been feeding our addiction—are exposed and brought to the surface where we can examine and learn from them. Many of us have tried to feed the hole in our souls with food rather than face the truth. In Step Five, we look at things head-on. We learn about our weak and strong qualities and can begin building stronger relationships, which support our hearts.

This is an important step in becoming emotionally healthy. A lack of deep connections with others and with God were the last things I thought were contributing to my problem with food, but in Step Five I learned I needed good spiritual food. By looking honestly at what comes up in Step Five, we can walk through this process with the help of our sponsor or another trusted companion, and we can emerge knowing more about ourselves and even loving ourselves. In so doing, we become able to have deeper, more meaningful connections with others and God; we no longer have to rely on food to feed our souls.

— Edited and reprinted from New Beginnings newsletter, Central Florida Intergroup, May 2018

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